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Rep Wes Gatchalian apologizes for car blocking PWD ramp

Oct 09, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Valenzuela 1st District Representative Wes Gatchalian issues a public apology but some netizens say he should do more

PWDs may soon receive mandatory PhilHealth coverage

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The House of Representatives approves its version of the bill on October 8, while the Senate already gave its nod to the measure in July

UNIVERSAL HEALTH. Persons with disabilities call for automatic PhilHealth coverage for their sector. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CHR investigates Mocha, Drew Olivar, Garin sues Ubial, Space Jam 2 | Midday wRap

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Nancy Binay to Mocha Uson: It's a crime to make fun of PWDs

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The senator calls out the government's communications official for 'mocking the people she serves'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH still far from becoming PWD-inclusive, says UP study

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Only 60% of local government units have a Persons with Disability Office (PDAO), says a study by the UP-CLRG

UP's Dr. Erwin Alampay believes that the presence of a PDAO in each LGU increases the chance of change for the sector, end poverty, ensure inclusive quality education, and promote sustainable, economic growth.

Free LRT1 rides for women with disabilities on Monday, March 26

Mar 24, 2018 - 1:11 PM

This is in celebration of Women with Disabilities Day observed on the last Monday of March

Light Rail Manila Corporation on May 29, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PWDs push for automatic PhilHealth coverage

Dec 04, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The National Council on Disability Affairs says outpatient services should also be included in the coverage

UNIVERSAL HEALTH. Persons with disabilities call for an automatic PhilHealth coverage for their sector.  Photo by George Moya/ Rappler

How to buy products of craftsman born with no hands

Nov 18, 2017 - 6:56 PM

If you buy one of his miniature tricycles, 'you are also helping others,' says Andy Villaruel, the Dumaguete craftsman born with no hands

PAL now offers 20% discount for senior citizens, PWDs online

Sep 26, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The discount applies to full-fare domestic flights and comes on top of the 12% value-added tax (VAT) exemption

Cebu Pacific honors 20% discount for senior citizens, PWDs online

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The budget carrier upgrades its booking systems to implement the discount for domestic flights booked through its website or mobile app

Person with disability praises MMDA for coding exemption

Aug 18, 2017 - 4:05 PM

In a Facebook post Juan Magdaraog thanks the MMDA chairman for personally meeting him to hand his Coding Exemption Certificate

Storytelling sessions held for children with special needs

Jul 19, 2017 - 7:11 PM

Beneficiaries of the event include children with intellectual disabilities and hearing impairment aged 3 to 36 years old

READING FOR KNOWLEDGE. A storyteller narrates the story of a mother to a group of children with exceptional needs to commemorate National Children'™s Book Day. Photo by Hannah Mallorca/Rappler

Online jobs eyed as perfect opportunities for PWDs

Jul 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The National Council on Disability Affairs trains persons with disabilities to make them qualified for job opportunities online

PWD RIGHTS. Persons with disabilities are entitled to the same rights regularly-abled persons enjoy. Rappler file photo

Japanese teacher boosts livelihood capacities of SPED graduates in Bohol

Jul 09, 2017 - 9:28 AM

A former JICA volunteer Akiko Sugiyama goes back to Bohol to establish a livelihood training center for SPED graduates

INCLUSION. Japanese teacher Akiko Sugiyama teaches PWDs in Dauis, Bohol. Photo from JICA

Filipino PWD paddlers win gold in HK paradragon boat race

Jun 10, 2017 - 9:44 AM

Beating 6 other teams the country’s first ever cross disability dragon boat racing team wins the race with a speed of one minute and 43 seconds

Facebook Live more accessible to PWDs with Closed Captions

Jun 08, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Closed captions will help those who are deaf or hard of hearing experience Facebook Live videos

CLOSED CAPTIONS. A preview of how closed captions will look like on Facebook Live videos

Project Inclusion videos call on companies to embrace Persons with Disability

May 31, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Is disability a hindrance in the workplace? Or is it what pushes some people to excel?

Comelec eyes early voting in polls

May 20, 2017 - 9:18 AM

Meanwhile a House bill seeks early voting for PWDs and senior citizens within a week before election day

FORUM. Comelec chairman Andy Bautista is interviewed by the media during a forum on the 2016 polls in Makati City on May 19, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, March 20-26, 2017

Mar 26, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Hello Here s a round up of videos from the past week you need to watch

#InspireCourage: Polio not an obstacle to work in vulcanizing shop

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:02 PM

Despite having no legs Warlito Tumpap works tirelessly at a vulcanizing shop to make ends meet for his family and send his children to school

PERSEVERANCE. Photo by Jeff Digma/ Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Cebuano PWDs break barriers through dragonboat racing

Feb 19, 2017 - 6:00 PM

In spite of their physical disability they chose to leave the confines of their homes pick up a paddle and pursue their passion for rowing

Path to inclusion: La Salle college guides PWD learners

Jan 29, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The De La Salle College of Saint Benilde envisions to fulfill the 2015 Incheon Declaration which seeks to achieve inclusive education by 2030

VAT-free shopping for PWDs starting Dec 23

Dec 22, 2016 - 4:31 PM

The new benefit is on top of the 20 discount PWDs are already entitled to under the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons

MORE DISCOUNTS. Persons with disabilities can enjoy VAT-free purchases starting Friday, December 23, 2016. Photo by George Moya/ Rappler

PWDs in Iloilo make crayons out of fruits, veggies

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:50 PM

A Japanese volunteer teaches crayon making to persons with disabilities empowering them to engage in entrepreneurship

FOOD-BASED CRAYONS. A Japanese volunteer trained PWDs in Iloilo how to make crayons out of natural ingredients. Photo from JICA

WATCH: Ateneo students help kids with disabilities through dance

Dec 15, 2016 - 5:35 PM

This year s Civic Movers for the 2016 Move Awards turned their class project into an advocacy they all hope can spark change

COMMUNITY. The group aims to reach out to more communities and eventually turnover the program the parent officers of the CBR centers. Photo courtesy of I'MPOWER

Free LRT1 rides for senior citizens, PWDs this Christmas

Dec 04, 2016 - 9:40 PM

The free rides will be available on all weekends and holidays from December 3 2016 to January 8 2017 in all LRT1 stations

EXTENSION. The LRT1 has an average daily ridership of 400,000 commuters from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt in Quezon City. Screenshot from Rappler

Here's how you can apply for a PWD ID

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Before they can avail of their benefits and privileges PWDs must first get an identification card from their local city or municipal social welfare offices

Discounts, VAT exemptions now available to PWDs

Dec 01, 2016 - 7:09 PM

Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo signs the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10754 An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability

PWD RIGHTS. Persons with disabilities are entitled to the same rights regularly-abled persons enjoy. Rappler file photo

A PWID's success story: Angelo Jardeleza in his workplace

Nov 26, 2016 - 1:13 PM

Angelo Jardeleza works twice a week and earns a decent living despite being diagnosed with autism during his childhood This is his story

NORMAL. Angelo Jardeleza makes a box in his workplace. Photo by Ted Aldwin Ong/ Rappler

Recto: Why the delay in implementing VAT exemption for PWDs?

Oct 28, 2016 - 10:04 PM

The Senate Minority Leader says 7 months since the law was signed concerned government agencies have yet to promulgate its implementing rules and regulations

Man born with no hands finds his 'hidden ability' in miniatures

Aug 19, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Andy Villaruel shows us all how having a disability does not limit him from living his life.

FINISHED PRODUCT. It takes four days for Andy Villaruel to finish a miniature tricycle

Job matching site promotes employment for PWDs

Jul 26, 2016 - 12:21 PM

Press release: There s a new PWD centric website to promote their skills capabilities and work preferences in order to find gainful employment

Local governments urged to prioritize programs for PWDs

Jul 17, 2016 - 3:15 PM

July 17 marks the start of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

PRIOTIZE. July 17 marks the start of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. File photos from Rappler, EPA, and Office of the Vice President

Living with cerebral palsy: Finding one's full potential

Jul 09, 2016 - 4:50 PM

We must blot out dis in the word disability for the truest disability we could have is the inability to believe that we all have abilities we could use in achieving our dreams says Gerald Ybañez who took his first step at age 16

FULL POTENTIAL. Gerald Ybañez, 24, with Cerebral Palsy works as an Electronic Technician earning a maximum of 4, 000 pesos a week. Photo by  Glenn Tek-ing Muñez

Cebu PWDs to Duterte: Help stop employment discrimination

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Local governments rarely enforce laws that entitles persons with disabilities to equal opportunity for employment

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. (From left) Ronnie Lim, Dara Miñoza, Eric Lopez are among the persons with disabilities in a recent summit in Cebu City who ask President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to help them avoid employment discrimination. Photos by Richale Cabauatan/Rappler

Vote-counting machines break down in Tacloban City

May 09, 2016 - 8:53 PM

In one voting precinct only 165 votes are cast out of the 450 registered voters due to a VCM malfunction

VOTING TIME. In San Jose Elementary School, where most number of voters in Tacloban City are registered, residents prepare to cast their ballots. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/ Rappler

How will Kagay-anon PWDs vote on May 9?

May 06, 2016 - 8:38 PM

Persons with disabilities make up 1 4 of the population of Cagayan de Oro City

WAITING IN SILENCE. Delfin Angapan patiently waits for customers while almost never leaving from his spot. All photos from Alyssa Viado/Rappler

Albay teacher spends own money to train PWD athletes for Palaro

Apr 16, 2016 - 7:53 PM

26 year old teacher Joseph Villareal serves as big brother and inspiration to PWD student athletes

SUPPORT. Joseph N. Villareal, grade 3 teacher at Maramba Elementary School in Oas town carries Jeric Taladro, 8, othro-swimmer during and after the swimming competition for orthopedically impaired athletes. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Palaro's first PWD torchbearer shows sports binds all

Apr 11, 2016 - 3:00 PM

For the first time in 59 years a person with disability led Palarong Pambansa s torch lighting ceremony – proving that sports isn t only for the able bodied

HE BELONGS. Francis Everesto, a 26-year-old basketball player from Albay, proves you don't have to be able to walk to belong in sports. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

WATCH: First PWD torchbearer and Terrence Romeo open Palaro

Apr 10, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Athlete Francis Everesto becomes the first person with disability to be a torchbearer at Palarong Pambansa He is assisted by Gilas Pilipinas star Terrence Romeo

TORCHBEARER. Francis Everesto (L) is the first PWD Palarong Pambansa torchbearer. He is assisted by national team member and PBA star Terrence Romeo. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Aquino signs law on VAT exemption for PWDs

Mar 30, 2016 - 9:15 AM

2ND UPDATE Filipinos with disabilities can breathe a sigh of relief following the signing of Republic Act 10754 which now allows them to fully enjoy their mandated discounts

Netizens praise sign language interpreters in Cebu presidential debate

Mar 20, 2016 - 9:06 PM

Is the sign language inset for the second Comelec sanctioned presidential debate enough?

Cebu groups join forces for PWD-inclusive 2016 elections

Mar 18, 2016 - 1:20 PM

The persons with disability community in Cebu hopes its actions will eventually help amplify the sector s voice in national governance

FULLY-ABLED NATION. Persons with Disability Leaders from all over Cebu Province commit to a disability-inclusive 2016 presidential elections.Photo by JP Maunes

#PHVote: How accessible are the 2016 elections to PWDs?

Mar 12, 2016 - 1:15 PM

As the Comelec gears up for the elections some groups are wondering: will they be able to vote?

PREPARATIONS. With just over a month before the polls open, problems are cropping up for the Commission on Elections. Will accessibility be one of them? Image courtesy of Mara Mercado

Leyte student with disability uses computer to 'talk' and learn

Feb 08, 2016 - 11:35 AM

Education is so important for me because I want to succeed at something types Tuesday Sicadsicad who is studying to become an IT specialist despite her inability to walk and talk

NO BOUNDARIES. Tuesday Sicad-Sicad uses her feet to communicate through a computer. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

Tricycles for the disabled a dream come true in Marikina

Jan 13, 2016 - 5:59 PM

The office of Vice Mayor Jose Cadiz is working on a software like Uber and GrabCar so that PWDs can just be picked up from specific points

DREAM COME TRUE. Marikina's PWD tricycle serves as hope for disabled persons to finally be able to explore their city, hassle-free.

VLOG: Marikina's PWD trike gives hassle-free rides to disabled citizens

Jan 12, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Compared to an ordinary tricycle Marikina’s recent innovation is more spacious to accommodate a passenger on a wheelchair

PH athletes bag medals in 2015 ASEAN Para Games

Dec 07, 2015 - 12:45 PM

Three Filipino paralympic athletes impress during the 2015 ASEAN Para Games by bagging several medals in their respective events

MEDALISTS. Three Filipino athletes overcome physical and logistical challenges by bagging medals during the 2015 ASEAN Para Games' website. Photos taken from 2015 ASEAN Para Games' website

Positive, hopeful despite his disability

Nov 29, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Despite being born with congenital amputation – a rare condition that affects only one in 2000 babies – 52 year old Felipe Oquinario has learned to embrace his life

Aquino dismayed over students' lack of knowledge in PH history

Sep 29, 2015 - 5:40 PM

The President learns of the viral post about a moviegoer asking why Apolinario Mabini remained seated in the film Heneral Luna

'MORE ABLED'. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during the 2015 Apolinario Mabini awarding ceremony at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañang Palace on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau